So recently I saw a Hydrocryl ad on insta for a starter pack that was on special. As I had been hearing about this new non-toxic Australian-made paint for a while now, on 'Put Some Colour in Your Life' tv show, and seen some fantastic artists using it, I thought I would buy some and give it a try. My first painting using these paints was a japanese theme cherry blossom scene with a geisha girl.
I started my usual way by gridding up a photoshopped combo of reference images together, then sketching up. (I may be a traditional style artist, but I can’t do without my technology, using my ipad and apps to photoshop up compositions, apps to grid and I keep all my reference photos on my ipad to use in the process, where I can zoom in on detail).
I then started blocking in the background.
Along the way I decided to make a stay wet palette with baking paper on damp paper towels in a sealable container. This helped greatly in keeping the paint workable and I discovered the high pigment of Hydrocryl means that only a tiny touch needs to be used to make tints. The flow promoter was also useful in making the paint into a higher viscosity.
Thanks for sharing Robin!
Below are some of Robin's recent paintings using Hydrocryl.